Who is this class for: This course is for everyone interested in learning about the historical and philosophical foundations of contemporary science and exploring cutting-edge debates in the philosophy of the physical sciences.

Created by:   The University of Edinburgh

  •  Professor Michela Massimi

    Taught by:     Professor Michela Massimi, Full Professor


  • Dr. Alasdair Richmond

    Taught by:    Dr. Alasdair Richmond, Dr.


  • Dr. Suilin Lavelle

    Taught by:    Dr. Suilin Lavelle, Lecturer in Philosophy

    University of Edinburgh

  • Dr David Carmel

    Taught by:    Dr David Carmel, Lecturer


  • Dr Mark Sprevak

    Taught by:    Dr Mark Sprevak, Senior Lecturer

    School of Philosophy, Psychology and Language Sciences

  • Professor Duncan Pritchard

    Taught by:    Professor Duncan Pritchard, Professor of Philosophy

    University of Edinburgh

  • Professor Andy Clark

    Taught by:    Professor Andy Clark

    School of Philosophy, Psychology and Language Sciences

  • Professor John Peacock

    Taught by:    Professor John Peacock, Professor of Cosmology

    Institute for Astronomy

  • Professor Barbara Webb

    Taught by:    Professor Barbara Webb

    School of Informatics

  • Dr Kenny Smith

    Taught by:    Dr Kenny Smith

    School of Philosophy, Psychology & Language Sciences

  • Dr Peggy Series

    Taught by:    Dr Peggy Series

    Institute for Adaptive and Neural Computation

  • Louise Connelly

    Taught by:    Louise Connelly, E-Learning Developer

    University of Edinburgh

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Rated 4.5 out of 5 of 74 ratings

I liked this MOOC very much. I have learnt about new concepts about science and philosophy. I strongly this MOOC to students and working people interested about philosophy and science.

Un curso muy completo y fácil de digerir sobre la cosmología y el principio antrópico, muy recomendable para la comprensión que se tiene sobre el universo actualmente y la razón de nuestra existencia.

Esperava explicações mais simples dos fenômenos, muitas vezes me perdia

The broad principles of the progress of science including paradigm shifts is interesting. The physics involved in the treatment of Cosmology is complex, but the important concepts were beautifully extracted by the lecturer. The lecture slides were a valuable resource to review before each quiz. After the course, I feel that I have tasted the flavor of the astrophysics, enjoyed it, but by no means have I begun to be an astrophysicist .